from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- A former shallow inlet of the North Sea in northeast Netherlands. Originally a lake, it was joined with the North Sea by heavy flooding. A dike, completed in 1932, turned the southern section into the Ijsselmeer, which has largely been reclaimed for agriculture.
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- noun a former inlet of the North Sea in the northern coast of the Netherlands; sealed off from the sea in 1932 by a dam that created the IJsselmeer
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The Enclosure Dike, which dams off the Zuider Zee, an inlet off the North Sea that has been turned into a massive freshwater lake that provides drinking water to Amsterdam and its environs, would need to be raised by 1.5 meters.
He even said that the Amsterdam Canal connected the Zuider Zee with the North Sea. ''
I set off, accordingly, the 7th of the Sixth Month, and travelled seven days through a desert country to Amsterdam, I went almost one half of the way by water, across the Zuider Zee from Zwolle to Amsterdam.
Eventually he reached the marshy country of Frisia, crossed safely over the stretch of water, which in their tongue is called Aelmere, [i.e. the Zuider Zee] and made a survey of the lands round about, which up till then had borne no fruit.